1. In a desperate attempt to return home, an abducted child soldier risks his life to flee from Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) deep in central Africa after years of being forced to fight. When capture appears imminent, he encounters a stranger who must decide whether to help him – risking his own life, and the respect of his community.

    This film is currently being toured in central Africa by regional partners in Mobile Cinema screenings to encourage communities to peacefully receive LRA combatants who surrender.

    Story by: The men, women and children in DR Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan who shared their experiences of loss and survival. Their unified desire for peace inspired this story.

    Festivals & Awards:
    Palm d'Or Award, Best Short Film, Lower East Side Film Festival, 2014
    Film of the Year, New Hampshire Film Festival, 2014
    Official Selection, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2014
    Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival, 2014
    Official Selection, Heartland Film Festival, 2014
    Official Selection, Brooklyn Film Festival, 2014
    Official Selection, Woodstock Film Festival, 2014

    To learn more about the film: DTJ.org/night

    To learn more about the Mobile Cinema program: dtj.org/mobilecinema/

    Created by: Lindsay Branham
    Directed by: Andrew Ellis

    Co-Director: Alex Mallis
    Producer: Lindsay Branham
    Writer: Michael Koehler

    Executive Producers: Invisible Children, DTJ

    Cast:
    Charles - Godefroid Maka
    Samuel - Innocente Mbula
    Daniel - Pascale Kumbawo
    Simon - Emmanuel Anidu
    Nora - Amandine Namala
    Chief Eziban - Hyacinthe Binisunga
    Charles's little brother - Dieu Merci
    Miriam - Leotine Mbolididie
    LRA Leader - La Vie Emmanuel
    LRA Soldiers - Jean Bosco Mbolipatilani, Jean Claude Kambilopay, George Danaza, Pascale Kango
    Community Members - Emmanuel Yaliko, Richard Anilenge, Batotote Kangonyeson, Jean Claude Aniboti

    Cinematography: Andrew Ellis
    Art Director: Gabriela Arp
    Location Sound: Alex Mallis
    Associate Producers: Joseph Vungula, Margaux Fitoussi

    Editor: Alex Mallis
    Consulting Producer: Jonathan Olinger
    Original Score Producer: Mason Jar Music
    Original Score Composers: Miles Arntzen, Jon Seale
    Sound Mix: Jacob Blumberg
    Audio Post: JR Skola at Origin of Audio
    Color: Vladimir Kucherov
    Visual Effects: Perry Kroll

    Special Thanks to:
    Ernest Sugule
    Solidarity and Integral Assistance to Destitute People (SAIPED)
    Communities of Duru, DRC, Obo and Mboki, CAR and Sakure, South Sudan

    Music:
    "Aboro Yambio Na Dungu”
    Written by Yambio John
    ©The Voice Project
    Performed by Yambio John
    Produced by Erik Lohr
    Courtesy of The Voice Project
    Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved

    “Still Upon The Ocean Floor”
    Performed by Loscil / Scott Morgan
    Licensed under Creative Commons

    “Stratus”
    Performed by Loscil / Scott Morgan
    Licensed under Creative Commons

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  2. I Co-Directed this skate project with Tadashi Suzuki, who also did all the skateboarding. I doubled as the Director of Photography. The goal of this short film was to emphasize the cinematography aspect of skateboarding as opposed to focusing on tricks; and lots of shooting into the Sun :) We wanted to find unique spots to skate more based on the background setting as opposed to filming at the usual skateparks and popular spots.

    For the post, I gave each section it's own treatment. Tried to keep the treatment somewhat muted, stylized and added some grain. Colored using a combo of After Effects mixed with Film Convert Pro

    Shot on an FS700 using Cinegamma 1 and 4. A few shots were with S-Log 2, but that was released towards the very end of shooting unfortunately. If it had came out earlier, I would have shot the entire thing in S-Log.

    Gear:

    Sony FS 700 + Metabones Mark II and SpeedBooster
    Canon 24-105mm f4 IS - mostly on SpeedBooster
    Canon 70-200 f2.8 LII IS
    Canon 24mm f1.4 II
    Tokina 11-16 f2.8
    Zeiss ZF 50mm f1.4
    Zeiss ZF 85mm f1.4

    Software:
    Adobe Premiere
    Adobe After Effects for grading

    Locations:
    DTLA + Griffith Park

    Credits

    Starring / Skateboarder: Tadashi Suzuki
    Co-Directors: Gene Sung and Tadashi Suzuki
    Cinematography and Post: Gene Sung
    Camera Assistant: Susan Sung

    Song: Inch of Dust by Future Islands

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